Crime

Burglary reported at 5 Corner Lotto one week after deadly shooting

Columbus police are investigating a break-in at the 5 Corner Lotto that was reported one week after the business owner and his 23-year-old son, Vatsal Patel, were shot there during an apparent robbery. They were transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where Patel died later that night.
Columbus police are investigating a break-in at the 5 Corner Lotto that was reported one week after the business owner and his 23-year-old son, Vatsal Patel, were shot there during an apparent robbery. They were transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where Patel died later that night. kedgerson@ledger-enquirer.com

About one week after an employee was killed in an apparent robbery at the 5 Corner Lotto in Columbus, a burglary was reported at the 1231 Linwood Blvd. store.

Columbus police were called to the business at 9:28 a.m. Monday after someone reported a shattered window. A police report indicates that the business was burglarized between 10 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, but it doesn’t clarify whether anything was taken.

No one has been arrested in connection with the burglary.

This incident comes a week after 23-year-old Vatsal Patel and his father were shot at the 5 Corner Lotto on Nov. 6 during an apparent robbery.

The men were transported to Midtown Medical Center, where Patel was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds at 10:15 p.m. His father, who owns the business, was treated and released by Monday morning, Columbus Regional spokeswoman Jessica Word confirmed.

Patel’s death marks the 20th homicide in Columbus this year. The 21st homicide occurred early Monday in the 600 block of Parkchester Drive, where authorities said 27-year-old Nikco Slaughter was shot and killed.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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